If you know Tgod, then you know of the extremely heightened atmosphere of anticipation for when Naplam Death comes to town, but today would also mark a great day in the history of this twenty seven year veteran of rock'n'roll mayhem. Today would be the fourteenth time seeing the mighty HATEBREED for Tgod, and that would move them ahead of the mighty RAMONES and become the band that I have seen live more than any other. A great day in Tgod history. A home grown Jersey boy who has spent more time in a HATEBREED pit than any other's. Shiiiiiaaaaatt!!!! F*****Kin' A!! With them and the others on this tour, I was looking forward to a brutal, bruising good time. It would be my son's first time seeing HATEBREED. So, we picked up my best friend and assistant photographer, Donna, who has certainly shared in a few of the other bruising good times with HATEBREED, and made our way down to our favorite bruising spot, The Starland Ballroom.
The doors opened at 5 and we got in about 6:15 which was just perfect and Despised Icon and First Blood were already done. We made our way to the front as the mighty EXODUS was getting prepaired to rattle the roof. Shit Yeeeeeah!! EXODUS and NAPALM back to back. Let's see everybody THRASH!!! Gonna be some rippin' here. The lights went out, screen went up. EXODUS hits the stage with "Bonded By Blood". Faaaaaawwkin' rippin'! Rippin' from beginning to end. "Deathamphetamine" "Waaaaaaaaarrr. Waaaaaaaaaaar! War Is My Sheppard" and "44 Magnim Opus". The riiiiippin' new ones "I Am Abomination" and "Shovel Headed Kill Machine". Good to see these guys still rippin' it up. Rob Dukes is awesome on vocals too. I was pumped up to see Barney and co. I was still a bit shocked by the passing of my favorite guitarist on the planet, Jesse Pintado, but my other favorite, the mighty Mitch Harris, is still alive and riiiippin!! It was the usual, furious whirlwind of a set and they did three new ones from the forthcoming album, "Smear Campaign". It was a short set and the new ones were awesome, but they replaced some of my old favorites like "World Keeps Turning" and "Siege Of Power". It wasn't loud enough at all either. They did their usual "Scum" medley, which rules, and they ended with "Nazi Punks Fuck Off", which tore the place up. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER was also their usual whirlwind of crowd surfin', sweatin', stompin' fun. I was surprised they were second on the bill. They do get the saaahhhwwet goin' though!
The Starland was packed and the Jersey crowd was cranked for the mighty HAREBREED. Me and Donna were front and center, under Jamie's mic and my son would soon be sailing by overhead. They hit the stage and the place exploded. I hadn't seen them since the Aggressive Music Fest in summer of 2005. That, like every other time, was a dripping sweat, so........here we go! They pounded out the most awesome set of everything that I loved. Jamie's stage presence is phenomenal. Old favs, "Before Dishonor', "Last Breath" removed the freakin' roof! All the best from "The Rise Of Brutality". "Live For This", This is Now" blew out the walls. "Straight To Your Face", "I'll be your doooooooooooomsayer!!!!!!!!!" The new one "Destroy Everything" well........destroyed everything. "Defeatest". Yeah. New Hatebreed rules! It was the fourteenth stompin' surfin' sweatin' good workout and was as amazing as the first, in 1997 when I saw a bunch of kids open for Napalm and At The Gates at a tiny place in Port Chester, NY. "Perseverance". Chris's bass was loud and brutal and Frank 3-gun from Ringworm is now removing roofs with Sean Martin on guitar. Jamie announced there would be no encore and they destroyed what was left of the place with "I Will Be Heard". Yeah! A simply amazing performance by the band that I've seen more than any other band in my 27 year history of going to shows...............so far.